Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan are the only two outfielders on the Boston Red Sox 40-man roster yet to make their big league debut. Though Hassan might get the first shot, Brentz has the bigger upside.
Brentz was drafted in the first round in 2010 out of Middle Tennessee State University, and he has shown power throughout his minor league career. He projects as an easy 20-25 home run guy in the bigs but has struggled with plate discipline, hitting around .264 for his minor league career and only getting on base at a .312 clip.
Brentz can play both corner outfield positions and has an arm that plays well in right field. It is easy to compare him to another former Red Sox outfield prospect, Josh Reddick, because he is a strong armed, athletic outfielder with big power but lacks the plate discipline the Red Sox tend to like.
The Red Sox have a deep and flexible outfield which will make playing time hard to come by for Brentz. He could very well contribute at the big league level this year, but he could potentially be more valuable as a trade chip. The lack of quality high minors outfield prospects may keep Brentz as a member of the Red Sox through the entire 2014 season, but they need to make a decision on him sooner rather than later as he is getting older in prospect status (24). He and Hassan will likely compete through the year for the primary fourth outfielder job in 2015, and Brentz needs to improve his approach at the plate if he wants to win out.